On our fifth day of staycation Brian decided to take the kids fishing. They loaded up the fishing poles and a sack full of snacks and water and headed south to Calling Panther Lake. The boat is not quite ready to go in the water so they did some pier fishing. Ben out-fished them all, catching 4 or 5 fish to everyone else's zero!
It didn't stop Luci and Gavin from giving it their best effort! And of course Luci never ever whined and cried, "When am I going to catch a fish?" or, "Why aren't the fish eating MY bait?" Nope, she would never do that. Nuh-uh, not her.
Ok, maybe she would. But she still had a good time.
Our last restaurant night's theme was Italian. I originally planned to make Chicken Parmigiana, but had to take a detour and make pizzas instead. Gavin assisted me in making four varieties of pizza: pepperoni, cheese, pineapple & ham, and pepperoni with bell pepper (Fresh from Gavin's Garden!).
Our staycation is over now. Would I do it again? Yes. While it doesn't hold a candle to other vacations we've taken in the past--the mountains, the beach, Disney World--it was a nice change of pace from our daily grind. And seemingly, just what we needed to end our 6 weeks of summer break. We did this staycation primarily because we are taking care of puppies and traveling would have been all but impossible. We also did this because we had a large vacation in March (the mountains) and will have another in September (a cruise thanks to my wonderful mother and father in law).
Top Ten Best Things About a Staycation
- No packing
- The kids aren't dragging us into souvenir shops everywhere we go
- The beds are comfortable
- We didn't forget to pack anything
- No rest stops necessary
- No one asked "How much farther?"
- We didn't need to pay the doggie hotel
- The van doesn't need to be cleaned out
- We never needed MapQuest
- No UNpacking
Now it's time to turn my focus towards school! We start our 2010-2011 school year on July 5. Look for blog posts about some new organizing tools in my school room and our new schedules. Also, coming soon will be the first review for TOS Homeschool Crew.